Propellerheads have announced their long awaited upgrade to reason and also the newer record product.

Reason 5 includes several upgrades to devices and ways of working that are being announced over the next few days.

Firstly the DRRex Loop Player is being upgraded to the DrOctoRex loop player. This should be a boon to techno and minimal artists that use Reason.

Secondly they have announced anew block feature wherein the sequencer gets a second more powerful loop based edit mode.

Third update but sadly only for Record 1.5 is the Neptune Vocal Tuner and Voice Synthesizer, this looks like a lot of fun.

Next is the ability for all of reasons samplers to live sample and edit directly without need for an external tool or sample editor, a much needed feature and time saver I think.

and finally propellerheads announce the Kong Drum Module, with synthesis, sampling and FX in one very controllable MPC style package its a great addition to Reason.

These upgrades should make Reason even more useful for the Techno and Minimal Producer. More upgrade news to follow.